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Nose and lips of Akhenaten

Period:
New Kingdom, Amarna Period
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Reign:
reign of Akhenaten
Date:
ca. 1353–1336 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Amarna (Akhetaten), Great Temple of the Aten, pit outside southern wall, Petrie/Carter excavations, 1891–92
Medium:
Indurated limestone
Dimensions:
H. 8.1 cm (3 3/16 in.); W. 6.3 cm (2 1/2 in.); D. 5.5 cm (2 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1926
Accession Number:
26.7.1395
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 121
Found in the dumps south of the Sanctuary of the Great Aten Temple or in the Sanctuary itself, this fragment is attributed to Akhenaten. The inner corner of one eye is visible alongside the nose.
Although there is little to distinguish many representations of the king and the queen, particularly relatively early in the Amarna years, the especially long line alongside the nose and lips and the sinuous upper lip support that identification.
Formerly Carnarvon collection. Purchased by the Museum from Almina, Countess of Carnarvon with funds from Edward S. Harkness, 1926. Previously excavated by Flinders Petrie and Howard Carter for Lord Amherst at Amarna, 1891-92. Received in the division of finds by Lord Amherst. Purchased by Carnarvon at the Amherst sale, 1921.

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